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Editorial: Lifesaver times three, ugly is as ugly does and add polar pioneer to Buzz’s résumé

Maybe Sherry Holtz would have been a lifesaver even if she weren’t a cop. She seems to have the knack. But she is a cop, and in that role, the Buffalo police officer has saved three lives in nine years, the most recent of them just five days ago.

That was when she responded to a call of a baby not breathing. When she arrived at the Bryant Street address, 1-month-old O’Bryan Yuwar was limp in his mother’s arms. Holtz took the infant and, after what must have been some frightful moments, restored his heartbeat.

Twice before – in 2009 and 2011 – Holtz has saved children’s lives, an 8-year-old who nearly drowned and a 1-year-old who was choking on a plastic object. As a police officer who understands the important of empathy and who sees her job as a “counselor” and “peacemaker,” she has made a difference at least three times and, it’s hard not to suspect, many times more.

It had to happen, right? Ugly sweaters are now a Thing, with a capital T. They’re a Happening. A Phenomenon. An Unfortunate Event.

Well, not so bad, maybe, but one of the stranger rituals of modern Christmas. Are the sweaters these people bought based on the Ugliness Quotient? Or were they thoughtfully chosen gifts whose U.Q. their recipients are now flashing to the world, to the potential embarrassment of Aunt Mamie or whoever chose them?

Well, never mind. It’s here and apparently not only is it not going away, it is actually spreading to other garments, including pajamas, hoodies and even onesies, which is apparently not illegal.

Oh, well. Perhaps it’s just that one ugly’s ugly is another’s attention-getter. Or, as someone once said, there’s no accounting for taste.

Quick quiz: Who was the second person to walk on the moon, after Neil Armstrong?

The answer: The same former NASA astronaut who just became the oldest man to reach the South Pole. And he’s buzzing about that accomplishment.

That’s right, Buzz Aldrin. Although the ageless 86-year-old’s new record nearly cost him his life.

He arrived at the South Pole, more than 9,000 feet above sea level, on Nov. 29 for what should have been a 10-day visit. But he developed life-threatening altitude sickness and was evacuated to a hospital in Christchurch, New Zealand, for treatment.

After returning to the United States, Aldrin told the “Today” show’s Al Roker: “See, now it was worth it, really.”

Good for you, Buzz.

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